Perth Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Perth Sheriff Court House is an imposing listed building situated on the banks of the river Tay. The building, designed by London architect Sir Robert Smirke, was built in 1819 and stands on the site of Gowrie House, the place where a plot to kill King James VI was hatched in 1600.

There are currently 5 court rooms with 3 resident Sheriffs. The Sheriffs and the Sheriff Clerk's staff deal with a variety of business which fall into the categories of Criminal, Civil and Commissary. The JP Court is dealt with by a Justice of the Peace, a Legal Advisor and a Clerk.

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Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Tay Street,


Main telephone

01738 620546

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Johanne Whyte 




01738 623601


Jury helpline

01738 492858 - Sheriff & Jury helpline

01738 492859 - High Court jury helpline

Accessibility contact

If you want to contact us using text relay please follow the guidance at this link -  the Next Generation Text Service

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court (by phone or attend in person), a telephone interpretation service is available.  To access this service ask for telephone interpreting and the language required. This service is NOT available during actual court proceedings.

If you use British Sign Language (BSL) and wish to phone us using a sign language interpreter, you can use the online video relay interpreting service. For more information see the contactSCOTLAND website.


Use journey planner for public transportation information.

On Arrival

On arrival please report to the main reception desk in the building through the front door and turn to the immediate right.

If you are attending for Jury service please have your citation information readily available when checking in at front entrance reception and you will directed to the appropriate court.

Full access for any wheelchair users or persons with prams/pushchairs is available via a ramp adjacent to the front entrance of the building on Tay Street.


The WRVS run a snack bar service on the ground floor from 9.30am until 12 noon. There are several restaurants close to the court house.

If you are serving on a jury a light lunch will be provided at a local hotel nearby.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties.

Peace signings are available by appointment. Appointments can be made by phoning the office number: 01738 620546.

Travel Directions

The Court is located on Tay Street, near the Queens Bridge, close to the town centre and accessible by public transport.  All day metered parking is available at the South Inch car park, this is a 5 minute walk from the court house.  The entrance is located via Shore Road. Short stay metered car parking available at the rear of the court building, accessed via South Street or Canal Street.

By Bus

Buses stop on Princes Street, Canal Street and at Perth Bus Station which is situated in Leonard Street.  All of these locations are approximately a 10 minute walk from the Courthouse.

Various bus companies operate service to and from Perth, please check local timetables or check Traveline Scotland website via the link below or alternatively call them on               0871 200 2233.

By Rail

Perth Railway Station is located on Leonard Street which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Courthouse.  Timetable information can be obtained from Scotrail or National Rail Enquiries via the following link.


The nearest taxi rank to the Courthouse is located outside Tesco Metro, South Street. This is a 5 minute walk from the Courthouse.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or pay at the court.

Payment Methods: Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Cheque or Postal Order. Please do not send cash through the post.

Please make cheques and postal orders payable to "Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service". Send by post to: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G5 9DA

Opening Times

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00, Fri 09.00 - 16.30.





Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8, 25

September 14

October 5

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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